General Assembly Portfolio Critique

Last week Catalyst hosted a portfolio critique night for some alumni of General Assembly’s (GA) UX courses. Three alumni submitted mock applications to Catalyst, each of which included a cover letter and a carefully crafted UX portfolio. Catalytes provided unfiltered feedback with the perspective of hiring managers on each whole submission package. It was an extremely rewarding evening — […]

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Get Ready for ‘LeanUX Researchapaloozafest’

This ain’t your typical -palooza, folks. Five speakers will drop some knowledge about design research at the new Spotify office Tues., Jan. 14 at “LeanUX Researchapaloozafest: An Epic Human-Centred Evening”. Catalyst’s Director of Research & Insights, Deidre Kolarick, will give one of the five epic talks that evening — she’ll tackle the gnarly question, “Is […]

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Visions of Sugar Plums

Run, run as fast as you can. We spent the afternoon making gingerbread men and women. (Well, we made their homes, but you get the idea.) Armed with frosting, gummy penguins, and of course, gingerbread, we Catalytes got to work creating our ideal holiday treat. With a room full of designers the creative energy was […]

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Sheep-Shaped Waffles

A few weeks ago, my friend Tak made sheep-shaped waffles for a group of friends. Tak designed and built a custom waffle iron as part of an ongoing project, “Sheep-shaped Cuisine.” The project draws from his experience as a product designer. He went through a process of sketching, sculpting and prototyping before arriving on his […]

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